The mulberry tree we bought from Kampung Simee pasar tani in Ipoh two years ago has grown and is fruiting. What a sight it was to see the little fruits bursting out in shades of pink and red as they began to ripen. I remember reading about silkworms being fed mulberry leaves in geography class and had always wondered how a live tree looked like. Now I know.
Ripening mulberry fruits in our garden.
Photo by Wuan.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses mulberry leaves as one of the ingredients in herbal soups to improve eyesight. The dried leaves are also used to make tea and are believed to be beneficial against a number of ailments. As for me, I prefer to enjoy the fruits. They should be ripe for harvesting in the next few days when they turn black.